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Food and Ideas Festival

September 21, 2019 @ 1:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 21, 2019
An Afternoon of Creative Food and Innovative Ideas: 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Mid-Autumn Festival Night Market: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Dive into conversation with the young chefs and foodies, sustainability experts, architects, artists, and influencers who are creating China’s new food and lifestyle culture.  Despite the shadows cast by the country’s political climate, leaders of China’s next generation are redefining their society from the ground up. This is the other China – the China you need to know.

  • 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM, Chinese Food Goes Global: Top next-gen chefs and foodies discuss China’s new experimental culinary zeitgeist.
  • 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM, China’s Green Revolution: Meet the young organic farmers, thinkers, and environmentalists who are pioneering new sustainable practices.
  • 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM, One on One with artist Li Jin
  • 4:20 PM – 5:00 PM, New Design, New Cities: Artists, designers, and architects who are forging new urban lifestyles.
At 5:00 PM, our downstairs space transforms into our Mid-Autumn Festival Night Market with a variety of food vendors, music, and activities.

Each $10 ticket purchase includes a free drink. Food will be available for purchase.

Cocktails and Tasty Bites!
Unique stuff for sale!
Mahjong to play!
Chinese hip-hop!

So much more!


Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. Paola Antonella has curated shows, written books, lectured worldwide, and taught in several schools, including Harvard and UCLA. Following the XXII Triennale di Milano––her 2019 Broken Nature, devoted to the idea of restorative design––she is working on Material Ecology, a show on the work of architect Neri Oxman that will open at MoMA in February 2020; on several new sessions of her MoMA R&D Salons; and on two books–– a collection of essays on contemporary design and Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world as examples of design.

Juan DU is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.  Juan also leads the research and design office IDU_architecture, with projects ranging from the extent of built forms to the social and ecological processes of the city.  Her academic and professional works have been published and exhibited in China, Europe and the United States. Her upcoming book titled “The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City” will be published by Harvard University Press in winter 2019.  Juan Du’s research and design focus is on the relationships between urban planning policies in relationship to informal development within rapid urbanization, specifically on the “urban villages” of Shenzhen, and the “subdivided flats” of Hong Kong.  Through the research and design projects, she regularly collaborates with various stakeholders within the urbanization process of China Mainland and Hong Kong, including governmental institutions, community organizations, NGOs, and individual residents.  She is a recognized expert on China’s rapid urbanization, and has been featured and interviewed by international press media such as the New York Times, CNN, Wired, Le Temp, Phoenix TV, CCTV International and the Smithsonian Channel.

Barbara Finamore founded NRDC’s China program, focusing on climate, clean energy, environmental protection, and urban solutions in China. She also leads NRDC’s Green Ports project in China, which aims to reduce air pollution caused by shipping and port-related activity. Before joining NRDC, Finamore worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior. She has also served as president and chair of the Professional Association for China’s Environment. In addition, she is the cofounder and president of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance. In 2017, she was named a member of Foreign Policy’s The U.S.-China 50, a group who are powering the world’s most complex and consequential relationship. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

Daniel K. Gardner is the Dwight W. Morrow Professor of History at Smith College where he specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of premodern China and the environment in China today. He has written extensively on the Confucian and Neo-Confucian traditions in China, including Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction, Zhu Xi’s Reading of the Analects: Canon, Commentary, and the Confucian Tradition, and Learning to Be a Sage: Selections from the Conversations of Master Chu, Arranged Topically. His interest in contemporary environmental matters in China has led to his most recent publication, Environmental Pollution in China: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2018). He is now working on a project, “Imagining an ‘Ecological Civilization’: China’s Environmental Turn in the 21st Century,” for which he was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

GUO Dong is the Director of the Earth Institute China Initiative at Columbia University. Dr. Guo also serves as the Associate Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he is an associate research scholar. Dr. Guo’s research interests include Chinese education, sustainable development, and environmental policy, and he has conducted many researches on China in these areas. Dr. Guo received his PhD in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and BSc in Economics from University College London.

Carma Hinton is the Robinson Professor of Art History at George Mason University.  She was born in Beijing and lived there until she was twenty-one. Chinese is her first language and culture. Together with Richard Gordon, Hinton has directed thirteen documentary films about China, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Small Happiness, First Moon, All Under Heaven, Abode of Illusion, and Morning Sun.  Hinton has a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and has held teaching positions at Swarthmore, Wellesley, Northeastern, and MIT. Her films have been shown in numerous film festivals worldwide, including New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and San Francisco. Awards received include two George Foster Peabody Awards, the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award, the International Critics Prize and the Best Social and Political Documentary at the Banff Television Festival, and nominations for Best Documentary Feature by the National Film Board of Canada, the ABCNEWS VideoSource and Pare Lorentz Awards by the International Documentary Association, and a National News & Documentary Emmy Award.

Ruoyi Jiang was born and raised in Beijing, moved to New York at age 18 to pursue a Photography BFA at NYU. She has since worked in the fields of photography, fashion, art collecting, curation, film, architecture, and publishing. Prior to her undergraduate study, she was a professional golfer and scuba diving instructor. Having lived in some of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, Ruoyi believes the best way to dissipate xenophobia is to make your culture accessible to the others. In 2015, she founded Chop Suey Club, a boutique store in downtown Manhattan focusing on contemporary Chinese designers and artists. Chop Suey Club is her effort to open up contemporary Chinese culture to a larger audience.

LI Jin is a Chinese painter best known for his ink wash depictions of physically imperfect yet voluptuous people. Born in 1958 in Tianjin, China, Li graduated from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1983. The artist currently lives and works in Tianjin, China. Today, his works are in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the National Arts Museum of China in Beijing, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others.

LIU Shangwen is the founder of Rice Harmony, a modern agricultural collective based in Southern China. He has worked in Chinese environmental philanthropy for more than ten years, working at both Greenpeace China and the SEE Foundation. During the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, he was part of the Rapid Response team for Environmental Rescue. In 2005, he went through 100+ villages in China to conduct field research on the relationship between the skin diseases of small farmers and the usage of fertilizers and pesticides, documenting the close relationship between agriculture, environmental protection and public health issues. Liu believes that eating better food can help create a better future and that food choice can change the world. Liu was nominated as an “Eco-Hero of China” in 2013 by Bund Magazine. In 2015 he was nominated for a Ginkgo Fellowship by the Ginkgo Foundation.

LU Yichen is Principal of Studio Link-Arc, holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Tsinghua University in China. He was nominated for the 2008 H.I. Feldman Prize for his work in Frank Gehry’s Advanced Studio at the Yale School of Architecture. His design project “Planless House in Manhattan” was awarded First Prize in the 2006 Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition. He received the Iconic Award from the German Design Council in 2014 and 2016, and was one of ten architects ‘2015 Design Vanguard’ winners selected by ‘Architectural Record’.

Carolyn Phillips is an author, artist, and food scholar, who serves on the James Beard Award’s Book Awards Committee, after being twice nominated. She is best known for her two books on China’s cuisines: All Under Heaven and The Dim Sum Field Guide. Her upcoming memoir, The Jade Labyrinth: My Chinese Life with Recipes will be published by W. W. Norton.

Adam Platt is food critic at New York Magazine and author of the upcoming memoir, The book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony, November 2019.

Lucas Sin opened his first restaurant when he was 16, in an abandoned newspaper factory in his hometown of Hong Kong. As a Yale undergrad in the Cognitive Science and English departments, Sin spent his weekends running restaurants out of his dorm, known as Y Pop-up. He backpacked and cooked his way through Japan, before settling at Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto. He’s also spent time at Modernist Cuisine in Seattle and Michelin-starred kitchens in Hong Kong and New York. Beyond the bings and noodles at Junzi Kitchen, Lucas also directs the funkier, more indulgent After Hours menu: fried chicken, instant noodles, juicebox cocktails, and the like. His monthly personal project is a collaborative tasting menu exploring the narrative of contemporary Chinese cuisine, called Chef’s Table.

Junfeng WANG is the Co-Founder of MeetBest, a space brand specializing in the creation of urban sharing spaces. He is also the founding partner of Dedang Design, a design brand that focuses on urban renewal. Junfeng received his B.Arch and M.Arch from Zhejiang University, M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University. Before founding MeetBest and Dedang Design, Junfeng used to work at SOM, one of the most renowned architectural design firms in the world.

Kate WANG is a food writer and blogger. A native of Chengdu, China, home to the most applauded and loved Chinese regional cuisine, she grew up in the U.S., steeped in Sichuanese home-style cooking. She keeps a privately held and much sought after listing of Chinese restaurants in the US and abroad, complete with her own reviews. Wang describes herself as a third culture kid whose life is dedicated to bridging worlds through culinary discovery and cultural exchange. In her day job, she is Vice President for International Partnerships at MyCOS, China’s leading consulting firm focused on higher education management and data analytics. Her decade-long career in higher education spanning three continents has aided and abetted her passion for food, turning it into a bona fide professional calling.

Nianlai ZHONG is Founding Partner and Principal at New Practice Studio, an interdisciplinary design office based in New York and Shanghai. Nianlai is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a Registered Architect. Nianlai holds Master of Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University with Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Award, and Bachelor of Architecture degree with Honors from Tongji University.



September 21, 2019
1:45 pm - 7:00 pm
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China Institute
40 Rector Street, 2 Floor
New York, NY 10006 United States
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